Fred Worden

Body and Mind: The Primordial Cinema of Fred Worden


“Worden drops depth-charges into the psyche. These are images not so much for the eyes but to pass through the eyes to spread havoc along nerve paths.” —Ken Jacobs

Jack H. Skirball Series


During the past twenty years New York-based Fred Worden has redefined cinema with his film and digital works, creating concentrated and transcendent experiences for both body and mind. Worden describes his work as a “cinema of pure energy that bypasses the discursive mind and goes right at the body, in through the eyes, pulsing, to jigger directly the brain’s electro-chemical neural flows, seedbed of every single thought or feeling.” In her essay "The Cinema," Virgina Woolf asked, “Is there . . . some secret language which we feel and see but never speak, and, if so, could this be made visible to the eye?” Many filmmakers have approached this question and few have succeeded so powerfully as Worden. His films have been shown at the Whitney Museum, MoMA, the Centre Pompidou, Pacific Film Archive and dozens of film festivals throughout the world. Films include The Or Cloud (2001), Here Amongst the Persuaded (2004), 1859 (2008), Possessed (2010), and others.

In person: Fred Worden

Advanced Curators' Notes

Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud.

Funded in part with generous support from Wendy Keys and Donald Pels.

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MON 2/21
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff